Hamilton is close to a new record of Hungaroring wins, Verstappen is Budapest’s most recent polesitter and almost half the grid have a 100% finishing record at the circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Hungarian Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix on no less than seven occasions, and has been victorious in each of the last two years. In addition to his seven wins, Hamilton also finished on the podium at the Hungaroring with a third place finish in 2013. Aside from his only DNF at the track in 2010, he has never finished outside of the top six at the track. Hamilton has taken five pole positions at the circuit, and has started from the front row on nine occasions. He has actually started from pole six times here, as Fernando Alonso was penalised after holding up then team-mate Hamilton in the pit-lane in 2007. In the last four seasons, he has out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit only once. 2014, when his car set alight during qualifying, is the only occasion that he has failed to reach Q3, but he made up for that by gaining nineteen places from his pit-lane start. 2010, 2015 and 2017 are the only seasons that Hamilton has not led a lap at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
2017 is the only season that Valtteri Bottas has finished on the podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix so far in his career. His last two races at the track have gone off course due to errors. In 2018, he made contact with both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo in the closing stages and ultimately finished fifth, while 2019 saw him finish eighth after picking up front wing damage on the first lap. His first appearance in 2013 is the only time that Bottas has failed to reach the end of the race here, while 2015 is the only other time that he has failed to score. Bottas is yet to take pole position at the Hungaroring, but has lined up on the front row of the grid in both of the last two seasons. 2013 is the only time he has failed to reach Q3 at the circuit, while that season and 2018 are the only years that he has been out-qualified by a team-mate.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel had not won the Hungarian Grand Prix until he joined Ferrari. He soon changed that, winning the race in both 2015 and 2017. In all of his first three visits to the track, Vettel failed to score. He finished sixteenth in 2007 and retired in both 2008 and 2009. He has scored in every season since then however, and has finished on the podium on seven occasions – including in all of the last three years. Vettel has taken three poles here, in 2010, 2011 and 2017 and has started from the front row six times in total. 2007 and 2008 are the only years that Vettel has not reached Q3 at the track, as well as the only years that he has not qualified in the top five. For ten consecutive seasons between 2008 and 2017, Vettel was not out-qualified by his team-mate at the Hungaroring. He has been out-qualified here in each of the last two seasons.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc finished fourth in the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, which was the first time he has scored points at the Hungaroring. He reached Q3 at the circuit for the first time last year, also qualifying in fourth place. He had been eliminated in Q1 in 2018, qualifying only seventeenth.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen secured the first pole position of his career at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix. While he was unable to win, he recorded his first podium finish in Hungary with second place. 2018 is the only time that Verstappen has failed to reach the top five at the event, retiring with power issues after just five laps. Verstappen has never failed to reach Q3 at the Hungaroring, and 2016 is the only season that the Dutchman has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the track. 2015 is the only year that Verstappen has finished the event in a better position than where he started.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon made his final appearance with Toro Rosso at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix. He out-qualified his team-mate for the race, recording the twelfth fastest time in Q2. He scored a point by finishing tenth, gaining two positions during the race. Albon has competed at the Hungaroring in both GP3 and F2. He finished in the points in all six of his races here, and won the second GP3 race in 2016, as well as the 2018 F2 Sprint Race.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz has scored at the Hungarian Grand Prix in all of the last four seasons, recording a best result of fifth place last season. 2015, when he retired, is the only time that Sainz has failed to score at the event. 2015 is also the only season that Sainz has failed to reach Q3 at the track. His best qualifying result here is also fifth, with Renault in 2018. Last season marked the first time Sainz has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the Hungaroring since his maiden season.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris lined up seventh on the grid for last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of his team-mate. He lost two positions in the race, but still scored points with a ninth place finish. Norris previously competed at the Hungaroring in Formula 3 and Formula 2. In 2017, he completed all three races of the F3 meeting at the track, finishing a best of third at the final race. In F2, Norris finished as runner-up in the Feature Race and in fourth place in the Sprint Race.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo won the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix in damp conditions. It was the first time that he scored at the track, having finished outside the top ten on all three previous occasions. Ricciardo went on to finish on the podium in both 2015 and 2016, while his fourth place finish in 2018 has been his only points-scoring outing in the last three seasons. He recorded his only retirement so far at the circuit in 2017 after making contact with then team-mate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo has not reached Q3 at the Hungaroring since 2017 and has not out-qualified a team-mate here since 2016. His best qualifying result here is third place, scored in 2016. Of the eight races that he has finished at the circuit, the 2013 one is the only one in which he has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon has appeared at the Hungarian Grand Prix twice, finishing ninth in 2017 and thirteenth in 2018. Ocon is yet to reach Q3 at the circuit, with a best qualifying result of twelfth in 2017. He out-qualified his team-mate on both previous outings at the circuit and has gained at least two positions from where he started in both 2017 and 2018.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez has scored only twice at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He finished ninth with McLaren in 2013 and recorded his best result with Force India in 2017, coming home in eighth place. Perez retired from the event in 2014 and 2015, but has finished outside of the points on his other five appearances. His 2015 weekend at the circuit got off to a bad start, as he crashed in Friday Practice, flipping his car. Perez has not reached the final part of qualifying at the Hungaroring since 2013, when he recorded his best qualifying result at the circuit of ninth place. He also reached Q3 in 2011. He has been eliminated in Q1 in each of the last two seasons. Last year marked the first time since 2013 that Perez has out-qualified his team-mate at the track. He has gained at least two positions from where he has started in all of the last four Hungarian Grands Prix.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll is yet to score at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has finished seventeenth at the event in each of the last two seasons, and recorded his best finish of fourteenth on his first appearance in 2017. 2018 is the only year that Stroll has progressed past Q1 at the Hungaroring, qualifying in fifteenth place. 2019 was the first time that Stroll has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat has a 100% finish rate at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but has only scored at the event once. That points scoring appearance was in 2015, when he scored his first podium finish with second place. His best finish since then is eleventh in 2017. 2015 is the only season that Kvyat has reached Q3 at the track, qualifying in seventh. He has been eliminated in Q2 on all of his other four appearances. Kvyat has never out-qualified his team-mate here.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly has finished sixth on both appearances so far at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has also qualified in sixth on both appearances. He out-qualified team-mate Brendon Hartley at Toro Rosso in 2018, but failed to out-qualify Max Verstappen on his final appearance with the Red Bull team last season.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
2005 is the only season in which Kimi Raikkonen has won the Hungarian Grand Prix, but he has finished on the podium at the event nine times in total. From his seventeen appearances, Raikkonen has finished in the points thirteen times, has finished outside of the points once and failed to finish on three occasions. 2006 is the only season Raikkonen has taken pole here, while 2017 is the only other year that he has started from the front row. Raikkonen has out-qualified his team-mate in each of the last two seasons at the Hungaroring. Before that, the last time he out-qualified his team-mate on pace was back in 2007. Aside from the races which he has not finished here, Raikkonen has never finished in a lower position than where he started.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi finished eighteenth at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix. He failed to out-qualify his team-mate and was eliminated in Q1, setting the eighteenth fastest time. The Italian lined up seventeenth on the grid. Giovinazzi has raced at the Hungaroring in two previous categories. He competed here in F3 in 2014, finishing a best of fifth in the last race of the weekend. In GP2 in 2016, he finished as runner-up in the Feature Race, but retired on the penultimate lap of the Sprint Race with engine troubles. Giovinazzi has appeared in Free Practice 1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix with Haas in 2017 and with Sauber in 2018.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean finished on the podium in his first appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2012, but is yet to hit those heights again at the track. Grosjean has scored on a further three occasions at the Hungaroring, most recently in 2018. In the last three years, he has recorded two DNFs at the track. He also retired in 2014. The Frenchman started from the front row in 2012, and has reached Q3 on a further four occasions since then, including in each of the last two seasons. 2018 is the only year that Grosjean has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track. Meanwhile, 2015 is the only year that Grosjean has finished the event in a better position than where he started.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
From his five appearances at the Hungarian Grand Prix, 2018 is the only season that Kevin Magnussen has finished in the points at the Hungaroring. He finished seventh that year. Magnussen holds a 100% finishing record at the track. 2014 and 2018 are the only years that the Dane has reached Q3 here. He was eliminated in Q1 in 2016 and 2017 and recorded his first Q2 exit here last year. 2018 is the only season that Magnussen has out-qualified a team-mate at the track. Magnussen has finished in a better position than where he started on every appearance at the Hungaroring.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell impressed in qualifying for last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, setting the sixteenth fastest time; his best qualifying result of the season. He lined up fifteenth on the grid and finished in sixteenth place. Russell raced in Hungary in F3, GP3 and F2, but has never had much luck at the Hungaroring. He retired from two of the three F3 races in 2016, finishing fourth in the second race. In GP3 in 2017, he failed to start the first race and finished only eleventh in the second event. In F2, Russell retired from the Feature Race and finished eighth in the Sprint Race.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
While this will be Nicholas Latifi’s first Hungarian Grand Prix appearance, he has raced at the Hungaroring in every year since 2014. He raced here in Formula 3 in 2014, in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2014 and 2015, in GP2 in 2015 and 2016, and in F2 in every year since 2017. From those races, he has finished on the podium twice. He finished second in the 2017 F2 Feature Race and won last year’s Feature Race.
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